Hi, this is Siegfried with the Loveland Medical Clinic. I take very few supplements, but one supplement I take on a daily basis is magnesium. Since I have recently received a lot of questions on this I thought I would write a blog post on Magnesium and how it affects you.
What is Magnesium
By some estimates over 75% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium in their diet. There are over 3000 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins. It is required by 300 enzymes in your body and enzymes are crucial for proper metabolic function. Magnesium is one of the most abundant electrolytes in your body. Glutathione , which is your body’s most powerful antioxidant requires magnesium to be produced. So naturally if you are deficient in this there will be problems.
Function of Magnesium
ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy molecule of you body. Magnesium plays a large part in the creation of this molecule. Magnesium works in conjunction with calcium in the formation of bones and teeth. Magnesium plays a role in relaxation of blood vessels. So a deficit of this important electrolyte can contribute to high blood pressure.
Why I take Magnesium
The reason I take magnesium is to help with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance contributes to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. The Framingham Offspring cohort (2006) showed that higher magnesium levels reduced type 2 diabetes risk and increased insulin sensitivity. The American Diabetes Association did a study in 2013 which reinforced this information. With my history of diabetes you can bet I am taking a magnesium supplement every day.
Who is deficient in Magnesium
Older adults tend to be low on magnesium because they absorb less with age and are more likely to be on medications that interfere with absorption. If you have any kind of kidney problem you will be low because the kidneys will not be performing their proper function of holding magnesium in the body. Poorly controlled diabetes urinate a lot and that causes them to be low on magnesium. That is a double whammy for them. Last of all alcoholics are 60 percent likely to be low on magnesium. Watch how much you drink.
What to supplement . It is quite easy to supplement orally with magnesium. I tend to use the citrate or chloride forms. There is a newer form called magnesium threonate which is supposed to have the best absorption of all. Of course being new, it is more expensive. Make sure you stay away from mag stearate which can actually be harmful due to the stearate(stearic acid ). Below is the magnesium I currently use. I take 2 of these daily which gives me about 400 mg of elemental magnesium. Take it at night because it will help you with your sleep. It also works great if you are one of those people how have frequent cramps.
Myers Cocktail Vitamin IV Infusion
The Loveland Medical Clinic does do Myers Cocktails for its clients. This vitamin IV infusion has magnesium in it as well as many B vitamins and vitamin C. I take this once a month and I can certainly feel its affects. If you have any questions post on our facebook page and I will answer your questions.
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